Over the past few days, there have been several offers out there for free points and cashback for certain members or cardholders. I figured I would put together a quick post that summarizes each offer in one post.
1) $15 Statement Credit for Chase Sapphire & Chase Sapphire Preferred Cardholders – Through 9/30/15, Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cardholders who make a purchase using Visa Checkout at a participating merchant with their respective card will receive a $15 statement credit within 1-2 billing cycles. There is a limit of one $15 statement credit per account (unlike the recent American Express offer which was a statement credit for each merchant and thus you could earn multiple statements credit per account). Some of the participating merchants include Newegg, Fandango, UnderArmour, Pizza Hut, Staples and more.
Since the terms do not indicate a maximum purchase, you could purchase a cheap $.49 cent game code from Newegg using Visa Checkout to make a profit of $14.51 which is exactly what I did. Of course you could also buy something you need from a participating merchant and use this to take $15 off the purchase. Just remember to take advantage of this before 9/30/15!
2) 500 Free IHG Points – IHG is offering members 500 free IHG points if you link your IHG Rewards credit card to your online profile by October 31st. This might be targeted (though the terms don’t explicitly state that) as several people received an email about this offer but I think it is worth a shot to try it anyway. Worst case you don’t earn anything while best case you earn 500 points for linking your IHG MasterCard to your profile. The terms also state if you already have your IHG card linked you would receive the bonus points (again assuming this is not targeted) so no need to unlink it and relink it. While 500 points isn’t a lot, it will reset the expiration of your points.
3) 200 Free Starwood Starpoints – Starwood is promoting the use of their SPG Dashboard which is an online tool that tracks all your historical stays, summarizes your account activity and offers exclusive promotions when using the SPG Dashboard. When logging into the SPG Dashboard, most people are reporting seeing an offer for 200 free points if you opt in to receive emails from Starwood.
If you don’t see this offer displayed, check your SPG profile and see if you are already subscribed to receive emails from Starwood. If so uncheck all the boxes to unsubscribe, sign back into the SPG Dashboard and you should then see the offer appear for 200 free points. I did exactly this for my account and it worked. As with the IHG offer, 200 points isn’t much but does serve as a great way to extend the life of your points.